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Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder - Durant is picking up exactly where he left off last season. He currently leads the NBA in scoring and just finished pouring in 47 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Wednesday night victory. Durant's play, along with that of his teammates, has the Thunder sitting in the fourth slot in the Western Conference, much improved from last year's eighth slot. Oklahoma City looks to ride Durant's limitless talent much deeper into this year's playoffs.
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers - You see a 17-win team, I see one that's 4.5 games out of a playoff spot and playing their best basketball of the season. The emergence of Blake Griffin as one of the league's most dominant post presences has lifted the Clippers from the cellar of the league and into, well, okay just barely out of the cellar. But, that in itself is saying something seeing how lifeless the Clippers history has been.
LeBron James, Miami Heat - LeBron is LeBron. Whether it's in Cleveland with a disappointing supporting cast or Miami with two All-Stars beside him, LeBron will always be in the MVP conversation. He currently leads the league in the points/rebounds/assists average stat, thanks to this third highest points per game total and 12th highest assist average. The Heat sit in second place behind the stalwart Celtics and are starting to click, much in the way people assumed they would when the dream trio was formed.
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls - Rose is another player, like James, who resides in the top 10 in both the points and assists categories, as well as the overall points/rebounds/assists category. He has done a tremendous job this season rounding out his game, much in the mold of Dwyane Wade in years past. Rose has also managed to do his heaviest damage against the league's best teams. With wins over Dallas, OKC, the Lakers, Denver, Boston and Miami, Rose and the Bulls are proving they have the ability to beat anyone and will be a handful come playoff time.
Amar'e Stoudemire, NY Knicks - The surprise of the Eastern Conference so far this season has been the emergence of the New York Knicks. Behind the old tandem of Stoudemire and head coach Mike D'antoni, the Knicks stand at sixth place in the East. Stoudemire is the second highest scorer in the league and has revamped his defensive game to the tune of 100 blocks and 44 steals.